california winter : sprawling branches on hillside

Posted by
DULCIE (Danville, CA, United States) on 8 February 2011 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

I live in a valley that is surrounded by foothills and overseen by Mt. Diablo, so I have mere miles to drive before I reach natural countryside, and barns and cattle....and I love the smell of manure. (I have thought about photographing it, (not the smell but the dung) but gave that up as not too aesthetic and a little too bizarre.) ;-)

So lately I'm coming into the country to breath and to see..... resulting in this group of photos of California in the winter, of barns and trees and hillsides, of anything that sparks my interest about this habitat.

NIKON D90 1/40 second F/4.8 ISO 640 168 mm (35mm equiv.)

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rem_la from Villiers, France

le vert lui va si bien !

8 Feb 2011 5:45am

Richard from Duns, United Kingdom

Lovely effect of the branches against the green.

8 Feb 2011 7:05am

kiwisa from North Shore, New Zealand

LOL - at your desire to take photos of manure, but would probably work well for ST. Your countryside view is lovely.

8 Feb 2011 7:05am

Phil David Morris from Saskatoon, Canada

The branches of these trees have very long arms and ropes to reel you in,
lest you get too close. Hark, we must be quick now... Wonderful capture.

8 Feb 2011 7:21am

Florence from Paris, France

I really enjoy the way you've focused here, it really delivers a bit of intimacy in our relation to countryside. I feel like beeing on the ground, lying there. How peaceful.

8 Feb 2011 7:46am

Phil from Sausset les Pins, France

Lovely colors , green is slowly comming back here ...Phil

8 Feb 2011 8:08am

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

Lovely shot.. nicely framed.

8 Feb 2011 8:26am

Marleen from Doesburg, Netherlands

There are still so many colors in your 'winter'!
(you could shoot a manure close up, resulting in a very intriguing and unique abstract;-))))

8 Feb 2011 8:58am

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

Delicious vision of the forest and a fence of tree trunks that seems to hold it in place. Magnificent edition! Best regards, Adela

8 Feb 2011 9:13am

Joan Felix from Jakarta, Indonesia

Go Green...

8 Feb 2011 9:16am

Helen from Melbourne, Australia

Before I read anything about Mt. Diablo, I wondered what lay waiting in the shadows, behind the barbed fence.

8 Feb 2011 10:28am

larans from Lund, Sweden

Wonderful captures of Californian winter landscapes. It will be interesting to see more of them!

8 Feb 2011 11:23am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

I love the contrast here between the soft foliage and hard twisting branches. Look forward to this series!

8 Feb 2011 11:46am

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

So why not take a pic of some steaming manure!

8 Feb 2011 12:02pm

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

A wonderful pov in this shot Dulcie! Almost as if the branches are reaching out for a hug! Well seen and captured! ;-)

8 Feb 2011 12:47pm

KriKridesign from Cully, Switzerland

I've clicked on winter...It made me smile...not an europeen winter even if we now do not have snow.. What temperature right now? (to make us jalous perhaps... :-) )

Californian winter, green everywhere..(I should visit California once...)

8 Feb 2011 2:41pm

Monique from Koh Samui, Thailand

I too like the smell of fresh manure :) and you've captured the essence of the countryside in this photo, it smells like spring with those beautiful vivid greens!

8 Feb 2011 3:36pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

the East Bay is at its best in the winter

8 Feb 2011 5:18pm

Nina from Chester County, United States

I'm a big fan of the greens, very nice

9 Feb 2011 3:04am

Sunder from Chennai, India

Superb shot! Nice POV and colours...

9 Feb 2011 4:21am

Pavan Kaul from Mumbai, India

A bit spooky but beautiful Dulcie!

9 Feb 2011 5:23am

1/40 second
ISO 640
168 mm (35mm equiv.)